How to build a Knidos Labyrinth with Bark Mulch

How to do that should be clear theoretically. It was posted  earlier on this blog. But if you do not remember any more or would like to look once again: the posts below are recommended.

The labyrinth here has a dimension between axes of 50 cm, the centre should get a diameter of 2 m, the central square also has sides of 2 m length, the whole diameter will thereby be 9 m.

We first stake off the 5 mean points on which later literally everything turns.

The 5 mean points

The 5 mean points

The marked 5 points

The marked 5 points

Then the internal and a little more complicated parts are “built”: strewn with bark mulch. These are all parts which are lying within a triangle formed by the 5 marked points. Thus a cake piece is built through the the inner ways of the labyrinth which are all specified by 4 different centres and different radii.
It is advisable to start with the internal cross, the only straight lines in the labyrinth; and then to form the remaining bends.
Doing so, the basis is created for the 8 following in parallel distance running arcs.
The inner arcs

The inner arcs

The inner arcs

The inner arcs

Now it is only a matter of finishing the remaining bends around the centre in the middle. Every arc has the same centre and a 50 cm bigger radius than the preceding arc, if one works from the inside outwardly. The arcs are running from the right side completely to the left and vice versa. For this work many people can be occupied. One could put on even 8 curves at the same time. Or work from two sides as it was done here.
The complete labyrinth

The complete labyrinth

The completed labyrinth

The completed labyrinth

The exact dimensions of the used radii can be taken from the following drawing, also the other necessary measures.
Here you can see/print/store/copy the drawing as a PDF file  …
 
The drawing

The drawing

Here the dimension between axes of 50 cm was used. A radius of 50 cm for the smallest arc and for the biggest one a radius of 4.50 m. Therefore the whole diameter amounts to 9 m. For the size of the centre the 4-fold dimension between axes was applied. Thus the diameter of the centre is the same as the side length of the square formed by the 4 inflection points.
The labyrinth is scaleable in the size. If one wants to build, e.g., one with a dimension between axes of 1 m (what results 18 m for the whole diameter), one multiplies all measurements by 2.

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5 thoughts on “How to build a Knidos Labyrinth with Bark Mulch

  1. How wide and deep is the mulch? How do you keep the mulch in place? I have a 7 circuit Labyrinth around a red oak tree. I was going to mulch the path but I see you have mulched the design. I like that idea since you can still mow the path and use a lot less mulch versus mulching the path. I used a garden hose to lay out the design and cut the path shorter than the area along the hose design. This is my second year with the Labyrinth I used some pine needles from the property last year to mulch a section but I see it will take a long time to get a nice mulching. I was surprised I could still see the definition in the spring although there were places where the hose has overgrown with the grass and I couldn’t find it. I’m open to suggestions as this is my first Labyrinth. I will be 68 this year and I’m trying to create things that are easy to maintain. Thanks for reading.

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    • The mulch should be 10 to 20 cm wide and about 5 cm thick. It sticks best on grass. It is better to make the lines out of mulch and not the way. However, in my opinion the mulch is not so good for a permanent labyrinth. Especially in a meadow or in a lawn, it would be better to just mow the path and walk the labyrinth often enough to make the ground firmer and the grass grow less.

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